Bwindi Impenetrable NP

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About Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Bwindi Forest is the best place in Uganda to track mountain gorillas. The park protects half the world's population and has several habituated groups. The forest is also a bird-watcher's paradise with 350 species recorded, including many Albertine Rift endemics.

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321km² / 124mi²
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1,160-2,607m / 3,806-8,553ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent gorilla tracking with almost guaranteed sightings
  • Superb bird-watching available with knowledgeable guides
  • Unspoiled rainforest
  • Access roads are bad in the rainy season
  • Very expensive gorilla tracking permit and limited availability


Aside from the endangered mountain gorillas, eleven other primate species are found in the forest. These include chimpanzee, olive baboon, black-and-white colobus and l'Hoest monkey. Elephant are present but seldom seen. Bushbuck and several types of forest duiker can sometimes be spotted. The park has a very impressive bird and butterfly checklist.
More about the wildlife


Bwindi is a pristine rainforest on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The terrain is a string of ridges and valleys covered in very dense, impenetrable forest.

Weather & Climate

The rain rarely lets up at Bwindi, with the heaviest falls occurring from March to May and September to November. Pack plenty of wet-weather gear to combat the drizzle. The forest’s mild climate is easier to enjoy in the drier months (June to August and December to February).
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Best Time to Visit

Tracking gorillas is best when Bwindi’s trails are not so sodden and the sunshine is greater (June to August and December to February). Slippery trails and unrelenting mist make wildlife watching more challenging during the wetter months of the year, although migratory birds do appear at such times.
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By Victoria from GermanyDE

A Challenging Yet Rewarding Adventure

 8 Sep 2017Reviewed:

When I decided to visit Bwindi to track to the mountain gorillas, I expected it to be fairly challenging, but as luck would have it, it was much tougher than anticipated. We stayed at Lake Mutanda Resort, a small camp about a 90 minute drive from Bw... Full review

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